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Growing numbers sign up to Swiss right-to-die society

Published on Aug 11, 2014 10:37 PM

ZURICH (REUTERS) - A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives and defends their right to refuse medical treatment says it has seen a higher number of applications than usual this summer.

Exit said it was receiving 60 to 100 new membership requests daily from people who wanted to make living wills - documents specifying how they want to be medically treated if they are gravely ill and unable to communicate.

Unlike in previous years, the number of applications has not slowed during the months of July and August when people tend to be away on holiday, said Mr Bernhard Sutter, vice president of Exit, which was founded in 1982.

"It's an indication that more people than ever want to join," said Mr Sutter, who expects the number of applications to rise above 100 per working day once the summer is over.

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